I'm in my dark humor stage. That is a contents warning.
1. The funniest headline I've read for a loooong time:
That is guffaw-inducing, snort-causing and just a wonderful example of the Orwellian type of political writing. The context matters: This country has unions in their death throes, no real left or actual communists in any meaningful power, and most talking-heads playing Democrats in political television show would have fitted well into the 1970s Republican Party, except for their milquetoast demeanor.
Have Democrats Pulled Too Far Left?
Forty-five years ago it was a Republican president who signed the executive order for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, today caring about the environment is a liberal ploy. Fifty years white leaders of American Evangelists were pro-choice. Today their views would lead to public stoning. And so on.
So it's the Democrats who have veered further to the left...
2. Scott Walker, the Ringwraith* governor of Wisconsin, has plans for us wimminfolk. He is planning to sign into law a bill which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, even if the pregnancy was due to rape or incest.
In a different context he told us that ultrasound pictures of fetuses (feti?) are cool, which means that jamming a large scanner into an abortion-seeker's vagina for no medical reason at all is also cool! But he was misquoted by the lazy lefty media:
“I think they realize, when people actually hear what’s going on and they can’t win on the left on an issue, they exaggerate things, they make things up, and they take them out of context,” he said. “Here I pointed out, as I pointed out before I signed the law, I said, ‘Who’s opposed to an ultrasound?’ They tried to claim it was a certain type, I said, ‘No — our law says that before someone has that procedure, they have to be given access to an ultrasound.’ “I thought he was the person signing that law, too? So he is hiding behind the law that he himself authorized? The man has guts belonging to a dead whale.
3. The Hastert scandal deserves a much more serious take which I'm not going to write here, but two thoughts which want to be expressed right now**.
The first is my boundless admiration of so many people in power who believe they will never have the skeletons in their cupboards rattled by outsiders, that they will never be caught. What could you possibly hide if you live public limelight?
Everything, some politicians seem to think, and that's because they are surrounded by their courtiers telling them every day that they truly are the smartest and greatest and most beautiful people of all. Like the mirror of the evil queen in Cinderella.
The second thought links the Hastert case to the Duggar case, and the teachings about female modesty in the religious camp. This quote describes them in a different case from the one involving the Duggars:
The boy wrote that modesty was a “factor” in his actions because it “was not at the level is should have been in my family.”But what about the cases involving boys as the focus of sexual molestation or other sexual acts? Should boys wear long dresses? Not wrestle in school athletic programs? Work more on their modesty? -- The school of victim-blaming has a lot of expansion to do.
“It was not uncommon for my younger sibling to come out of their baths naked or with a towel,” he wrote.
He also said his younger sisters acted inappropriately when they wore dresses, saying they “did not behave in them as they should.”
He then said his sisters didn’t realize what they were doing to him because they didn’t realize their “own nakedness,” and it wasn’t taught properly to them. He seems to blame this on his mother, who he says didn’t see the human body as a big deal because she is a nurse.
The boy said he spoke with his mother who had “no idea” how “visual” men are sexually compared to women. He said changes have since been made in his home.
“This was not a major reason for the offending, but it allowed my little sister to be open to what I made her do,” he wrote.
He then wrote, “A different lifestyle, with more modesty, might have prevented what happened.”
*I call him that because of the nine ringwraiths in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, enslaved by Sauron due to their original greed and doing his bidding. Walker, and a group of other Republican governors elected about the same time seem to do the bidding of the conservative ALEC foundation. I also find this funny and apt.
**They jostle at each other in the gateway of my mind and scream in these squeaky voices: Take me! Me first!